Last week the House voted to extend the debt ceiling for a few more months, meaning medical cannabis protections have also been extended as well. The House voted 316-90 to pass Trump’s budget, which included a 15 billion dollar relief package for the areas ravaged by hurricane Harvey a couple weeks ago. This vote also renewed the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer (formerly Farr) amendment, which prevents federal resources from being used to go after medical cannabis in legal states. Medical cannabis is safe until December 8th, when the House will once again vote on extending the debt ceiling.
This is welcome news to the medical cannabis community who were dealt a huge blow at the beginning of last week when the House Rules Committee blocked a House vote on the Rohrabacher-Blumenauer amendment. The extension of the amendment was included in the hurricane relief package. You kind of have no choice but to vote for it, or you risk being labeled as an ogre who doesn’t care about all the people affected by one of the worst natural disasters in American history.
I don’t want to jinx it, but it seems like medical cannabis protections are most likely going to stay in place. The amendment has bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress, and going after cannabis just doesn’t seem to be that high of a priority for anyone else in government (other than angry gnome Jeff Sessions and a select few Republicans). We’re not out of the woods yet. The medical cannabis protections are up again in December. While I’m optimistic the amendment will be renewed once more, I’m still nervous as hell. Then there’s next year to think about. A good chunk of Congress is up for reelection. If the Democrats lose more congressional seats, then it’s probably time to start panicking.
Source: The Hill
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